Japan poised to decommission damaged nuclear power plant (4)

08:52, April 01, 2011      

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In a call for international assistance in taming the nuclear emergency, he said, "the amount of water is enormous, and we need any wisdom available."

Experts from French nuclear giant Areva, which supplied fuel to the plant, are helping figure out how to dispose of the contaminated water that has begun leaking into the ground and the sea.

"We are not a supplier only for happy days," CEO Anne Lauvergeon told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday. "We are effectively also there when things become difficult."

A team of 140 U.S. military members specializing in radiation control also will also visit Japan soon, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.

In addition, IAEA head Yukiya Amano said Thursday that the agency would send more sea experts to Japan.

Concerns about the persisting nuclear crisis have largely overwhelmed those about the March 11 twin natural disasters, which police said had left 11,417 people dead and 16,273 others unaccounted for by Thursday.

Source: Xinhua

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